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42 Years Helping Keep Anchorage Trash Free


Anchorage Chamber of Commerce 2010 Citywide Cleanup Week approaches

Anchorage, AK- With the winter snow almost gone, giving unwanted trash little room to hide, Anchorage's true colors are beginning to show. Taking notice, the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, along with thousands of Anchorage, Eagle River/Chugiak and Girdwood residents, will clean city streets and neighborhoods during the 42nd annual Anchorage Chamber Citywide Cleanup Week, held May 1 to 8.

"The goal each year with the Anchorage Chamber Citywide Cleanup program is to attract more people to get involved and take pride in their city.," says Anchorage Chamber President Sami Glascott.

"Last year, more than 4 million pounds of trash was cleaned in just five days. This shows the tremendous efforts made by the city's business and residential communities."

Businesses and residents are encouraged to clean safely during the week of May 1 to 8. The Anchorage Chamber's signature orange bags will be available for pickup at the following locations:

* Red Robin (3401 Penland Parkway and 401 E Dimond Blvd.)

* Burger King (900 E. Dimond Blvd., 700 Northway Drive and 1405 W Northern Lights Blvd.)

* Anchorage Chamber (1016 W. Sixth Avenue, Suite 303) -- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Office closed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays for the "Make it Monday" forum.

Orange bags can be delivered at no extra cost from May 1 to 8 to the Anchorage Regional Landfill (Glenn Highway and Hiland Road), Anchorage Central Transfer Station (54th Avenue & Juneau-off Old Seward Hwy) and Girdwood Transfer Station. These locations will be open for free residential use on May 1, 2 and 8. Loads must be covered and cannot exceed the size of a standard pickup.

From 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, in observance of a cleanup job well-done, the Anchorage Chamber invites residents and businesses to gather at the Delaney Park Strip for the 3rd annual Clean Sweep Celebration. This free community celebration will include live entertainment, free ice cream, games for the kids and the popular Trash Triathlon, launching into the final weekend of the 2010 Anchorage Chamber Citywide Cleanup Week.

"We wanted a fun outdoor activity for the people who spent hours of their free time beautifying Anchorage," says Glascott. "It's our way to thank the city's Cleanup Heroes for all they do."

Younger Cleanup Heroes will be taking to the streets as well during the annual Super Sweepers School & Neighborhood Cleanup, held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 1. This year, more than 80 schools are participating in this program as students at each school will have the chance to win a new Apple iPod Shuffle, provided by the Super Sweepers program sponsor, Princess Tours.

Visit Anchoragechamber.org for additional information about the 2010 Anchorage Chamber Citywide Cleanup Week.

The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit, member-driven business organization with more than 1,200 members representing 70,000 employees. For businesses interested in membership, annual fees are based on the type of organization and number of full-time year-round employees. More information about the Anchorage Chamber is available on its website at Anchoragechamber.org or by calling (907) 272-2401.

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